20 years on from 911 the battleground of the “war on terror” continues to expand with the rise of authoritarian governments eroding democracy worldwide. The invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by the US, UK, and its allies resulted in the rise of Daesh, as well as the resurgence of the Taliban with the current troop withdrawal. As an example of contemporary Imperialism, the session will discuss whose political-economic interests were achieved in this period? To what extent has militarisation, surveillance, and racism in the form of Islamophobia been normalised in society? And with the current situation in Afghanistan still in flux, what could resistance and solidarity look like in the coming months and years?
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Journalist, former soldier, Afghanistan veteran, author of Veteranhood: Hope and Rage in British Ex-Military Life (Repeater Books, out 9 November 2021
Elif Sarican is an anthropologist and activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement, elected co-chair of the UK Kurdish Assembly in September 2020. Her work includes collaboration with diverse progressive organisations and campaigns in developing political education programmes, and she has guest lectured at a number of London universities on feminism, radical politics and global history.